What do we mean by a sense of hearing? Humans hear by translating sound waves, through the mechanical systems in the ear, into signals sent to the brain. The human brain learns to interpret a variety of sounds, including human speech, into something meaningful.

This amazing spider traveled on the International Space Station for over 100 days! Read her inspiring story. | MimsHouse.comJumping spiders, including Nefertiti, the Spidernaut (Phiddipus johnsoni), do not have ears. Until recently, scientists thought that jumping spiders do not hear. New research shows that the hairs on a spider’s legs translate sound into brain signals. Further, spiders can recognize the menacing sound of a wasp approaching.



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Read the whole article about research into how jumping spider hear.

While Nefertiti was on the International Space Station, Astronaut Suni Williams said that the spider often seemed to follow her with her eyes. Perhaps part of the attention was also based on noises that Nefertiti heard.

The Animal Biography Series

With the publication of Nefertiti, the Spidernaut, the animal biographies we publish has become a series. We are working on a set of Lesson Plans geared toward the NGSS.

Click here to download the lesson plans.

This is an early draft and we’d love input on how you use the books in your classes (Email: darcy@mimshouse.com)

Wisdom, the Midway Albatross

This is the story of the oldest known wild bird in the world and how she has survived for over 65 years. | MimsHouse.comWisdom, the Midway Albatross is the story of the oldest known wild bird in the world. She has been continuously banded since December 10,1956. This is the story of her remarkable survival for over 65 years. And amazingly, the story is ongoing: on February 4, 2016, she hatched a new chick!

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Multimedia resources for Wisdom

Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma

2015 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book

How does an orphaned cub survive on his own? | MimsHouse.comWhen a mother cub tries to catch a chicken for her cubs, she’s caught in a trap. She dies in the ensuing struggle, leaving at least one cub on his own. This is the story of how Abayomi survived.


Nefertiti, the Spidernaut

Nefertiti, the Spidernaut | MimsHouse.comThis is the amazing true story of a Johnson jumping spider who survived 100 days on the International Space Station. The experiment centered around her ability to learn to hunt in space. Most spiders are passive hunters, just spinning a web and waiting for prey to come to them. But jumping spiders actively hunt their prey.

Click here to download the lesson plans.

Here’s our Recommended Christmas Gifts for your favorite kid, librarian, writer, or book lover on your list.

  1. GIFTS FOR KIDS: Get the App That Encourages Kids to Read Great Books

    EPIC! is an amazing book app for kids and one my grandkids actually read. How do I know?
    EPIC! emails me a weekly report on what they’ve read that week.

    It’s the exact books that you want kids to be reading. How do I know?
    All Mims House books are on this app.

    It’s the right price! How do I know?
    Because it’s only $5 month. But don’t take my word for it. EPIC! offers a free trial month!

    Take advantage of it now!
    Gifts Subscription on Epic!
    Give the Gift of Reading
    FOR TEACHER OR LIBRARIAN: EPIC! offers a free educational version of the app. Check it out now.
    When you sign up for the app, be sure to search for and READ Mims House books!

  2. GIFTS FOR GIRLS: Baby, Toddler and Young Girls T-Shirts – I’M ROWDY!

    T-Shirts to accompany ROWDY: THE PIRATE WHO COULD NOT SLEEP. Perfect bedtime book for fathers and daughters. Watch videos of fathers reading to their daughters here. T-shirts available in baby and children’s sizes; different colors available. Only available until December 31.

    I'm Rowdy - Baby T-shirt in White to accompany the ROWDY book. | MIms House.com

    Kid's T-Shirt to Accompany the ROWDY book. | MimsHouse.com

    Gift the Gift of Empowerment
    I'm Rowdy - Baby T-Shirt in Pink to accompany the ROWDY book. Great gifts for kids.| MimsHouse.com



    Give the shirt and the book!
    Rowdy: The Pirate Who Could Not Sleep. Gifts for kids.| MimsHouse.com

  3. GIFTS FOR FANS OF CANDLES: Faraday Explains Your Favorite Candle

    Who’s Candle Crazy in Your House? There’s bound to be an aunt, grandmother or teenage kids. They love those candles, but sadly, they don’t understand them. The perfect gift for the candle-lover is Burn: Michael Faradays Candle, along with a special candle. To accompany BURN: MICHAEL FARADAYS CANDLE, buy this cinnamon-cider Aromatique candle. | MimsHouse.com
    I live in Arkansas, the home of the Aromatique candles. My favorite scent for the holiday season is Cinnamon Cider. I use it for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I know. They make other scents for Christmas, but this one just says holidays.

    To accompany our science book, BURN: MICHAEL FARADAY’S CANDLE, we suggest the Cinnamon Cider Pillar candle. You can’t do Faraday’s candle experiment with candles in a jar; it’s got to be the old-fashioned candles that go into a candlestick holder, or a pillar candle like this.
    Gift the Gift of Light and Enlightenment
    Burn: Michael Faraday's Candle book cover | MimsHouse.com

  4. GIFTS FOR KIDS WHO GET TABLETS: Let Reading Rule on Tablets

    Will someone you know give a tablet to a child? All that screen time competes with reading! But you can fight it by paying fora year of the EPIC! app. Also, load up your favorite ereader app with some great books. Whether you choose the iBook app, the Kobo app, or the Kindle app, you’ll find Mims House books waiting to be loaded up. Get the kids started on the path to reading on their tablets.

    A great place to start is a simple series of book. The short chapter series, The Aliens, Inc. is a funny, family-oriented look at how aliens make a living on Earth. Kell Smith, with the help of his BFF, Bree, make cakes for birthday parties and help plan the parties. When Bree wants an alien-themed party, Kell is stumped. How can this lovable alien family pull a great alien party without exposing who they are?

    Give the Gift of Reading!
    The Aliens, Inc. Box Set by Darcy Pattison | MimsHouse.com


  5. GIFTS FOR WRITERS: Scrivener

    When they first start writing, most people choose to use a word-processor, such as Microsoft Word or WordPerfect. A more professional software, though, is Scrivener because it allows you to focus on the organization of your writing. For nonfiction, it’s amazing to see the chapters divided out. Research is a breeze because you can pull in websites and not have to go looking for obscure sites later. I’ve written about its uses several times.

    Give the gift of Writing!
    Buy Scrivener 2 for Mac OS X (Education Licence)

  6. Give the gift of writing

    For those writers in your family, we have several books.
    This workbook is a gem! It helps you write the book of your dreams. Info on writing ABCs, rhyming picture books and much more. | MimsHouse.com


    30 Days to a Stronger Novel | MimsHouse.com


    Start Your Novel the right way with 6 easy steps. | MimsHouse.com


    The popular workbook for Darcy Pattison's Novel Revision Retreat is Novel Metarmorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise. Hurrah! It's now available as an ebook. | MimsHouse.com

Book related gifts for kids, librarians, and that picky aunt. | MimsHouse.com

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. I recommend these gifts because they are fun and interesting, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you they are perfect for your Christmas list.